Nelly Korda Wins Hugely Dramatic Pelican Women's Championship

Despite a triple bogey at the penultimate hole, Korda managed to come through a four-way playoff to secure her fourth title of 2021.

Nelly Korda wins Pelican Championship
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The Pelican Championship saw a number of Major champions vying for the title, with Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson proving to be the two front runners with only a handful of holes remaining.

However, in the last drama-filled hour of play, world number one Korda would triple bogey the par-4 17th, leaving the door open for Thompson who was now two shots clear playing the last.

But, in yet another turn, Korda (opens in new tab) would make a clutch birdie, leaving her opponent a four-foot putt for the win. 

Thompson, though, pushed the putt wide of the target, resulting in a four-way playoff between Thompson (opens in new tab), Korda, Lydia Ko and Sei Young Kim.

Nelly Korda wins Pelican Championship

Thompson would rue two missed putts on the 18th.

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In the playoff, Ko (opens in new tab) and Kim made solid pars, but it was to be a repeat of the 18th hole, with Korda holing an almost identical birdie putt, and Thompson replicating her missed putt only half an hour or so earlier, handing the trophy to Korda.

Speaking after her round, Korda said "I kind of lost faith after that triple on 17. I was actually thinking 'well... let's focus on next weekend then!' However I found my best putt two times in a row and rolled it in really nicely.

"I knew what that putt was doing on 18, it was always moving a little left to right. I gave myself a lot of opportunities this week and that's what counts!"

The victory means that Korda continues to dominate in 2021, with the American now securing her fourth title, as well as an Olympic gold medal, and cementing her place at the top of the world rankings.

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Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x